The new Sirkis/Bialas International Quartet is a collaboration between israeli drummer/composer Asaf Sirkis and Polish singer extraordinaire Sylwia Bialas. The new band also features pianist Frank Harrison and the USA bassist/harmonica player Patrick Bettison.
The band has released their album 'Come To Me' on November 21st, 2014 at the London Jazz festival. The new album is available on jazzcds.co.uk
Plans are made for touring in 2015 and beyond! Please check the gig page for more details.
In July 2013 Asaf Sirkis will be releasing his latest Trio album, ‘Shepherd’s Stories’ with his long standing collaborators, Greek guitarist Tassos Spiliotopoulos and Israeli bassist Yaron Stavi having previously worked with them on ‘Letting Go’ (2010) and ‘The Monk’ (2008).
Shepherd’s Stories is created as a result of Asaf’s fascination with the way melodies affect our soul and how music can connect us with our true selves. He calls these effects the Shepherd Story effect, when a melody reminds you of something you’ve heard before, a sense of ‘I know this tune from somewhere’ but cannot be pinpointed from where. It’s a similar feeling to déjà vu’ or when you’re listening to some music and it reminds you of the way you felt in other times in your life. The difference here is that ‘Shepherd’s Stories’ connects you with something larger then yourself, a forgotten truth or collective consciousness. These moments are a moment of connection to our soul; they are important pointers or reminders of where we have come from.
Asaf says of creating and recording this album: “I think that there is much greater sense of deliberateness in this album when you compare to the previous albums we’ve made with the trio but at the same time a more effortless, natural and improvisatory approach throughout”.
“There was something very ‘right’ for me about making this album and the process of making it was very easy and natural. This is partly due to the fact that the Trio has been together since 2007 and has developed a sound of its own through the sheer irreplaceable mileage of playing together in many situations.
“The other exciting thing for me about making this album is that it represents a coming together of a lot of things I’ve learnt and practised as a musician and as a human being. Over the last few years I’ve been studying the art of South Indian vocal percussion system called Konnakol. This has had a revolutionary effect on my playing and on my understanding of rhythm. I have used a few Indian elements in this album.
Watch out for Asaf Sirkis' trio new album. The new album - 'Letting Go' will be officially released on September 23rd. The trio will celebrate the new release at The Spice of life Jazz club, London that night. Advance copies of 'Letting Go' are available now from Asaf's website: www.asafsirkis.co.uk.
Asaf takes his trio on the road in November and December! With Tassos Spilioutopoulos on guitar and Yaron Stavi on electric bass. Check out the gigs listings for a date near you. There are also a couple of rhythm workshops too! This tour, supported by Jazz Services features some new writing from Asaf as well as pieces from his CD The Monk. Fresh from his tour of the Far East with Tim Garland and Gwilym Simcock, Asaf will be ready to ...jazz rock!
Check out Asaf's new CD - THE MONK! The CD features Yaron Stavi - Electric Bass Tassos Spiliotopoulos - Guitar Asaf Sirkis - Drums, Compositions With special guests: Gary Husband on Keyboards & Pian Adriano Adewale on Percussion The CD will be officially released September 14th 2008. Advance copies available!!
The trio will launch their new album at Charlie Wright's (London), September 18th, 2008. The trio will be touring the UK in early November 2008.
Asaf has joined Larry Coryell's 'Power Trio' Featuring Jeff Berlin on Bass, Larry Coryell on Guitar and Asaf on Drums.
Asaf Will be touring the UK with the trio in early November 2008
Artist: Asaf Sirkis Trio Album: The Monk Release Date: 15 September Label: Sam Productions Launch gig: 18 September, Charlie Wrights, London Tour: Early November
“Devastatingly creative” (John Fordham, The Guardian on Asaf Sirkis)
Following on from Tony Williams’ ‘Lifetime’, the Asaf Sirkis Trio picks up the baton and finds new space for a drummer-led trio in the noughties. ‘The Monk’, the group’s recording debut, will be released mid-September through Sam Productions.
Asaf, a self-effacing Israeli ex-pat living in North London cuts a refreshing dash through London’s fertile jazz landscape. He reflects in a characteristically understated way, “For me, music begins where ideas finish”. Whilst an afternoon spent with Asaf will find him flitting between themes of existentialism, fatalism, political propaganda and loss it’s never something he does to be elitist. Maybe it’s the years working with Gilad Atzmon and the politics that swirl around their BBC-award-winning live performances, or the military service in Rehovot or the spates of self-imposed exile due to extreme tendonitis (the latter of which gave him the required writing time for this album) that have made him such an intriguing figure and have left telling traces on his accomplished musicianship.
This group, a new electric power trio plays original material by Asaf and ranges from delicate jazzy ballads to hard rock-ish improvisations. The line up features Tassos Spiliotopoulos (guitar), Yaron Stavi (bass) and on occasion Asaf's long time friend, drummer and keyboardist Gary Husband on keys.
Although Sirkis has been described as having the ‘drumming muscle for a thunderstorm’, dust off the surface a little and a sensitive writer shines through. Opening track “Stoned Bird” takes in Chick Corea-esque jazz fusion, whilst ‘Without A Story’ has a more post-rock feel. A piano solo on ‘The Bridge’ shows the variety on offer from a composer with a broad tonal palette, and title track ‘The Monk’ shows the contrast of pastoral organ with the rock antics of Tassos’ guitar - swinging it back into Tony Williams territory. The gothic rock descriptions that floated around his past record may again be referenced, but this album has a subtle style of its own.
Asaf has previously collaborated with luminaries including Tim Garland and Larry Coryell, he has traveled across the globe playing with some of the best figures in jazz and won vast critical acclaim for Atzmon’s Orient House Ensemble.
Whilst acknowledging the politics and challenges that have coloured his life, this album stands alone as a beacon of contemporary British jazz from a truly international trio.
Live dates: 18/09/08 Charlie Wrights. London 5/11/08 The Rhythm Station, Rawtenstall 6/11/08 The Bonington Theatre, Arnold, Nottingham 7/11/08 Sheffield Jazz Club 8/11/08 Taylor John's House, Coventry 16/11/08 The White Swan, Stratford On Avon
Asaf tours with support of Jazz Services Ltd, and Arts Council England
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